Submitted by Linda Godhue
We were able to distribute 27 Easter Hampers some being picked up following a safe protocol and some delivered to those who were self-isolating in their homes. We are feeling very fortunate that we have been able to keep regular hours at the Food Bank and have enough supply on hand to meet the needs of our clients. As noted, so many times, the Tobermory Food Bank operates on donations from the many and generous people of our community and beyond. In this time of crisis, the response has been overwhelming.
So many individuals, organizations and businesses have been so generous in their support. There have been community initiatives that are donating in many ways. The Songwriter On-line series raised an amazing amount of support and are also doing the same for the Lion’s Head Foodbank. A puzzle exchange at Peacock’s Laundromat with donations to Tobermory Food Bank. There are folks making masks and giving them away free, but with donations requested for both Food Banks.
Again, we are so grateful for Rick Peacock and his staff for the availability of items that we purchase with the cash donations. We have received a very large donation from Bruce Power, who have always supported our Food Bank and news that their employees are also raising money for the Food Bank. The United Way provides the Tobermory Food Bank with a grant on a regular basis, but in this time of crisis has provided additional monies and needed items. In the last edition of the Press there was a picture of Habitat for Humanity donating toilet tissue for our shelves and for Lion’s Head.
There are many ways to donate. You can e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org and then send a separate e-mail giving your mailing address so a tax receipt can be sent. You can donate at Peacock’s by depositing to the Tobermory Food Bank account, or mail a cheque to Tobermory Food Bank c/o Jennifer Dewey, 211 Eagle Rd., Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0.
Food Security could become a challenge for folks as they are not working and waiting for government support income programs. Although the income support programs are helpful, they may not meet all the costs of maintaining a household, single or family. The Tobermory Food Bank is there to help out when needed. You may not have had to access the Food Bank before, but it may become a necessity. The Food Bank Committee wants everyone to know, that no questions will be asked as to your need, and all is done with respect to privacy. Our regular hours are Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Meeting Place. If you are self-isolating or cannot get to the Meeting Place we can arrange for delivery. If you have any questions, please call Linda at 519-596-2333, or Jim at 519-375-7010.